New scramjet being tested tomorrow

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by downsouth, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. downsouth

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  2. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    Waste, waste, and more waste. Talk about 'welfare queens.' :mad:
     

  3. Gone_South

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    I guess Chuck Yeager was busy.
     
  4. trip286

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    Chuck would land it. No questions asked.

    Funny. I'm a Marine. My hero is an Air force test pilot
     
  5. Gone_South

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  6. trip286

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    True. But I feel Chuck Yeager was pretty much the epitome of flying perfection. Damn near the first man in space, riding (the x1?) So high that there was no atmosphere to interact with his controls. Broke the sound barrier. Pushed every single plane he piloted WAY BEYOND it's perceived and engineered capabilities.

    Then there's the time he enrolled in a civilian aviation program just so he could scare the living hell out of the flight instructor and ask her out. Hell of a way to break the ice...
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I wonder if I can put one of those engines on a Cessna?
     
  8. trip286

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    I've seen a jet engine mounted in a beetle. And two little mini jets mounted on a scooter. Anything is possible...
     
  9. orangello

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    Something tells me the GEEEEEEEFOOOORRRCCCESSS might be a problem to overcome with passenger transport, though freight transport might be possible...maybe super duper FedEx?
     
  10. Jstrong

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    Is there going to be a live pilot in that?!? Or is it unmanned? I didn't see anything about it in the article. It's a little bit of a stretch to even call that a jet or plane,that thing is more like a missile than anything the way I see it
     
  11. dragunovsks

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    You think they can modify it to deliver pizzas? Gotta be better than waiting an hour for delivery.
     
  12. orangello

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    You know it would just sling all the toppings to one end of the box. I hate it when they do that.
     
  13. Gone_South

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    I sure hope not!

    The WaveRider is expected to accelerate to about Mach 6 as it climbs to nearly 70,000 feet.

    After 300 seconds of flight, the WaveRider is set to break up after splashing into the Pacific, as planned.

    There are no plans to recover the WaveRider.
     
  14. orangello

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    Pilot could be a strong swimmer.
     
  15. Gone_South

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    Poor guy. First a ride from hell at mach 6+ with absolutely no controls then crashed into the sea only to be told you can swim to shore.
     
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  16. dog2000tj

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    thank you Gov't :rolleyes: :mad:
     

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  17. ScottA

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    It's just a testbed for testing the viability of the propulsion system and structure. Don't expect anything to be built that looks like it.
     
  18. dragunovsks

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    It just looks like a missile to me....
     
  19. gunnut07

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    It is not wasted money. It is testing, without testing we wouldn't have the planes we have today. You have to test things before you build it for real.

    The problem with scramjets is that you have to get them going fast before you turn them on. the force or the air going into the engine is what compresses the air fuel mixture to ignite it.

    It is really just a tube with an island in the middle of it. That causes the air to compress and heat up.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scramjet
     
  20. dog2000tj

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    The technology is over 30yrs old and so far not 1 viable self sustained flight has been accomplished. Add to the fact that the system cannot on its own achieve flight and needs a piggy back start and the fact that it cannot operate at extreme altitude, thus making it useless for NASA so what applications can it be possibly used for? Passenger flight? No! Cargo transport? No? Military? Possibly, but again, it cannot operate independently as it's own platform.

    Great science ..... still a waste of money :cool: